It’s been a hard week on Capitol Hill. After the shooting at the Congressional baseball practice, five people were seriously injured. One was Representative Scalise and two others were Capitol Police officers.
The tragedy for a moment brought both Republicans and Democrats together, but the peace has ended after only a day. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters where she blamed Republicans for the shooting! Despite the fact it was Republicans who were targeted.
On Thursday during her weekly news conference, she was asked about the political vitriol that led to the shooting and Pelosi said the following,
“Let’s all say, let’s examine our conscience, let’s see how we can rid ourselves of our negative attitudes that go to a place that is like this. We’ve had—it didn’t use to be this way. Somewhere in the 1990s, Republicans decided on the politics of personal destruction as they went after the Clintons and that is the provenance of it and is what has continued. Again, I feel as if we’re having a family moment that is very, very serious and we’re talking about things that we can say, the discussion—save the discussion for another day.
When you have a president that says I can shoot somebody on 5th Avenue and nobody would care, when you have people saying beat them up and I’ll pay their legal fees, when you have all the assaults that are made on Hillary Clinton, for them to be so sanctimonious is something. I really am almost sad that I had to go down this path with you, because I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to have the fullest discussion of it. And it will be for another day. It will be for another day.”
The gunman opened fire on the baseball diamond of a field in Alexandria, Virginia where the Congressmen were practicing prior to the congressional baseball game, a bipartisan event that pits Democrats against Republicans to raise money for charity. Many of the victims praised Capitol Police who were part of Rep. Scalise’s security detail as being the reason they are all alive. Senator Rand Paul told reporters,
“Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre.”
The two injured Capitol Police officers were Crystal Griner and David Bailey. The Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa released comments where he admitted that Bailey had been treated and then released from the hospital after suffering a minor injury and that Griner was in good condition after she was shot in the ankle. The other victims were Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika, and a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, Zack Barth. Mika remains in critical condition after he had surgery.
This was a blatant attack against Republican members of Congress. South Carolina Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan and Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida had told reporters the suspect walked up to them and asked, if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing as they were about to leave. When they saw pictures of the suspect later on they reported the incident to Capitol Police. Eventually the media reported the suspect had worked for the Bernie Sanders campaign for President.
For Nancy Pelosi to blame Republicans is disgusting, especially given the fact it was Republicans who were targeted and injured. If anything she should look in the mirror. It is completely vitriolic to call 62,000,000 American deplorable for voting for the President. It is completely hateful to call Republicans murderers for being in favor of the new healthcare bill. It is utterly disgusting to compare the President, and by extension his voters, to Adolf Hitler. What do you expect to happen when you allow this type of rhetoric to continue?
People are not going to start singing together and holding hands. It’s time for the Democratic party to look in the mirror and own their part of this entire ordeal instead of perpetually playing the victim. This is ironic considering the fact they were not even targeted. Shame on Nancy Pelosi, she is an embarrassment.
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